• Apr 10, 2007
Go to the jump to see the video of the Audi RS8 running the 'Ring'

We recently told you about a horrible incident on the 'Ring involving a very fast, very beautiful Audi RS8 being burned to the ground. Now we can give you the video of the V10 beast in testing just prior to the crash. Hearing the wonderful growl of the 500+ hp Lamborghini-sourced V10 makes the outcome even more sad. According to spy shooter extraordinaire Hans Lehmann, the fire was not caused by a crash, and the driver was able to escape harm. You can see the pictures of the wreckage here. The video of the RS8 in testing is available after the jump.

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      It sounds like someone thinks the RS8 is based on the A8, not the R8... This is not a luxo-barge meets sports car. ...although I can understand how their nomenclature is going to get confusing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      John wrote "I don't want a car that handles like that, too much work to control it. RS4 would be a more fun car,"

      Well, that's good for a laugh. Someone just said they'd take a 4000 lbs RS4 over a 3500 lbs R8 - maybe 3700 for the RS8. Too much work to control a more powerful, lighter car with the same style of drivetrain? Huh?

      http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_0702_audi_r8_porsche_911/specs.html

      http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0608_2006_audi_rs4_vs_2006_cadillac_cts_v/specifications.html

      Sorry but the RS8 or even basic R8 will dance all over the portly RS4. There's a 10 mph difference through the quarter. In the slalom most tests show a mid to high .80gs run with the RS4 while the R8 is over .90g consistently.

      The market they're going for: Porsche 911 Turbo.

      There's no contest.
      • 7 Years Ago
      RIP... That is one sick ride!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The R8 is the most amazing car to drive.. my buddy has the ONLY privately owned R8 in the world and I've driven it and it is AMAZINGLY fun to drive. We raced it and his Ferrari F430 one day and the R8 was actually more fun to drive, as the 4-wheel drive allows you to accelerate in the curves more so than the F430.

      PLUS in person, the car gets more attention than any car I've ever seen.. and that attention usually comes from women.. it's the weirdest thing... WOMEN LOVE the R8!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want one!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Has anyone seen this site for car insurance?
      http://CarInsuranceDaddy.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      "RS4 would be a more fun car, especially for the money."

      How so? The RS4 weighs in at 2 tons. The R8 is 500 lbs lighter, has better weight distribution and has a lower polar moment of inertia.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Listen carefully, I will zay thees only once: any German made car will be better than a similarly priced US one; no matter what criteria u base the comparison on."

      Except styling, sound, and low end power/torque, in which I would choose the CTS-V or Vette. But if I did choose a german car, it would be a benz as they appear to be the muscle cars of german cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cadillac CTS-V?

      I am not saying that the caddy is not a nice car, but to compare it even closely to an RS8 just does not seem right. It isn't even in the same ballpark, or league for that matter. The build quality is far and above the GM products you mentioned.

      The ZO6 is an incredible car for the money, but when I sat in it it felt really cheap. Now granted, it's all about the motor in the Z06 but I wish they would do something about the horrible materials in the interior. :-(
      • 7 Years Ago
      The fire was probably due to the fine VW electricals. LOLOLOLLOLOL. Long live German quality control!
      • 7 Years Ago
      @#4

      you think the RS8 is going to be heavier than an RS4? are you NUTS??? a regular R8 uses the same engine as the RS4 and is something like 1/2 second quicker 0-60, so i can only imagine what it's like with that V10 in there.

      the R8 (and RS8) are not compromise cars.. they are more on the order of porsches - performance cars you could just as easily use as daily drivers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Purdy.
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